Revisit the presentation from the Reframing Healthy Food in Health Care webinar here: https://tinyurl.com/yd54zyu4
The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in health care and beyond. This conversation is alive and well in our leadership cohort, and we want to engage it publicly. At the Reframing Healthy Food in Heath Care webinar we brought together diverse perspectives from three thought-leaders to explore how hospitals and health care facilities can lead the charge in expanding the definition of healthy food, to better serve people, patients, and the planet.
Source: Mowatt Centre & Atkinson Foundation
Unlike many corporations that come and go from communities, anchor institutions are public and nonprofit institutions that stay put. This report explores how we can spend our resources and procure services in ways that create opportunities for people who live on the economic margins.
Source: RECODE initiative and Simon Fraser University
A discussion paper exploring how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.
This field guide, produced by The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, connects the dots between the social determinants of health and the framework of strategies that both BALLE and MIT's Presencing Institute have identified as the path forward in building thriving local economies.
Source: Gordon Foundation
On 25–26 October 2017, The Gordon Foundation convened their first Northern Policy Hackathon (NPH) in Nain, Nunatsiavut. The NPH brought together northerners from across the three territories and Inuit Nunangat, to develop innovative policy recommendations on country/traditional food. Participants were from a wide array of backgrounds, including hunters, elders, nutritionists, as well as representatives from government, and the not-profit sector. These are the recommendations from that event.
Source: Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance
This manual is a collection of good practices resulting from the experience of nine long-term care (LTC) homes in three regions in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario as part of the Serving Up Local project from May 2016 to January 2018. It is designed to provide resources and steps that can be put into practice to initiate and grow institutional local food procurement programs by long-term care and other food service and procurement staff throughout the MASH (Municipalities, Academics, School Boards and Hospitals) in Ontario.
Nourish and its collaborators have launched new infographic, The Opportunities for Food in Health Care, to illustrate how food choices can enhance the patient experience, support organizational results and efficiencies, and contribute to community wellbeing.
Rather than just improving the efficiency of providing formal health care, how do we look at reducing the demand for expensive health care through better diets? And how do we enlist the formal health care sector in supporting this goal? Read this newsletter on the true returns of investing in food in health care.
This discussion-based webinar explores the potential of systems mapping as a tool to understand systems and to design better interventions. We introduce the basics of beginning to draw your own systems maps. The Nourish team will share the maps drawn to interpret the (dis)connection between food and health/care, and will explore the insights and opportunities that emerged from those maps.
Source: New Milford Hospital, Connecticut
Plow to Plate is a program that advocates healthy food as a direct path to disease prevention while promoting the local agricultural economy. It delivers a fully integrated, healthful food service program to patients, staff and the community, using fresh produce from local farms and shows results with increased patient satisfaction scores.
Source: Flavour Journal
This opinion piece takes a critical look at the current state of hospital food, with a focus on the UK’s National Health Service, and explores how findings from studies of high-end gastrophysics research could help to improve it. For example, ‘Eye appeal really is half the meal’, even in hospital. A number of concrete recommendations and low-cost solutions are proposed.